Local LWV chapter reaches milestone goal

Congratulations go to the League of Women Voters of Marquette County for reaching a goal in a most timely matter.

This year, the League of Women Voters is celebrating its 100th anniversary as well as the centennial of women across the country winning the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The Marquette County unit, re-established in 2017, set as its goal reaching 100 members.

It did just that.

Kim Winokur, the director of membership for the League of Women Voters of Marquette County, announced in a press release that “despite the challenges that COVID-19 has created for recruiting members and engaging new members in League activities, we have exceeded our goal of 100 local members.”

In the three years since it was revived, the Marquette County League has “progressed through several advancements,” including being a part of the LWV of Delta County as a geographic unit and then being further mentored by the state league, the release states.

In November, the local league was officially recognized by the League of Women Voters of the United States as its own independent league.

“I am very proud of the work of our talented and committed members and believe that their efforts and dedication are why we are able to continue to recruit new volunteers to our group,” League of Women Voters of Marquette County President Darlene Allen said in the release.

For those unfamiliar, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization offering to communities across the country voter service information, encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

It has more than 750 affiliates across the country.

Membership is open to men and women age 16 and older, with membership dues waived for students.

As we draw nearer to the Nov. 3 election, the league encourages residents to check out the resources available on its vote411.org online voter guide starting in late September to learn about candidates’ views on issues, as well as proposals that will appear on the ballot.

“The Marquette County community can look forward to voter guides, candidate forums and voter education throughout the remainder of this busy election year,” Allen said in the release.

Anyone interested in learning more about the League of Women Voters of Marquette County can visit the website www.lwvmqt.org or call Darlene Allen at 906-225-9103.


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